Nokia tries to remove guesswork from operators' 5G plans

Nokia tries to remove guesswork from operators' 5G plans
Published: 20 April 2017 - 4:54 a.m.
By: CommsMEA staff writer

Nokia is leveraging tailored modeling and 5G acceleration services capabilities to remove the guesswork from operators' 5G network evolution plans.

In-depth Nokia analysis of how 5G will perform in real networks has found that it can increase capacity by 40 times compared to 4G, making it the only commercially viable technology for the delivery of a true immersive VR video experience to massive numbers of subscribers in high-attendance venues. 

5G further has the potential to reduce the cost-per-device in a smart city deployment handling millions of connected devices, including IoT sensors; as well as it can deliver the '99.999 percent reliability' and low-latency at-scale required in an Industry 4.0 environment.

In terms of how operators and enterprises can capitalise on early 5G deployments to drive the best return on investment (ROI), Nokia's research and analysis shows some examples of business cases. For example, '5G to the Home' will break even after four years if the monthly ARPU remains above $43. 5G events and hotspots, in locations such as stadiums, have a one-year payback period depending on the number of events held at the location, with at least five events per month required to ensure a profitable business case. Moreover, operators can achieve tangible early mover advantages in terms of revenue and market share for services such as in-vehicle infotainment

Joe Madden, principal analyst at Mobile Experts said: "While market news has recently focused on the announcement of 5G technologies that drive increased network performance, it's important to discuss how these low latency broadband connections will translate into customer value."

Harold Graham, head of the 5G Business Line at Nokia said: "In these studies we have delivered key new insight into the benefits and business opportunities enabled by 5G. With our 5G FIRST end-to-end technology platform and 5G Acceleration Services, we have a comprehensive offer that we can leverage to help operators and enterprises understand the real value of 5G in relation to their particular business needs. Working closely with our customers we can help them evolve their business cases and provide clear recommendations for investments on their path to 5G."

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